Regiment : 2nd Battalion Royal Irish Rifles
Service number : 52479
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 6th September 1918 aged 18
Buried : Wulverghem-Lindenhoek Road Military Cemetery, Belgium, Grave III. E. 21.
Relatives : Son of George and Mary Jane Baldwin, 26 Wilson St., Rainbow Hill, Worcester
Memorial : Worcester St Stephen's Church
Also appears on : Worcester Guildhall.
Appears in the Worcester/Worcestershire Roll of Honour Book for army casualties located in Worcester Cathedral.
A photograph of Rifleman G. Baldwin can be found in Berrow’s Worcester Journal Supplement, Saturday 7th December 1918, available at Worcestershire Archives.
The following information has been researched by Geoff Hill:
On the 1911 Census, George Baldwin aged 11, schoolboy, was resident at 20 Birdport, Worcester with his father George, who was a baker, his mother and 1 sister.
George Baldwin is very likely to have been engaged in “The Hundred Days Offensive”. This was the final period of the First World War, during which the Allies launched a series of offensives against the Central Powers on the Western Front from 8th August to 11th November 1918, beginning with the Battle of Amiens. The offensive essentially pushed the Germans out of France, forcing them to retreat beyond the Hindenburg Line, and was followed by an armistice. The term “Hundred Days Offensive” does not refer to a specific battle or unified strategy, but rather the rapid series of Allied victories starting with the Battle of Amiens. The 2nd Battalion Royal Irish Rifles was seemingly not involved in any specific major engagement with the enemy on 6th September 1918. The circumstances of Gorge Baldwin’s death are therefore not certain.